Japan approves dexamethasone as coronavirus treatment


Japan's health ministry has approved dexamethasone, a cheap and widely used steroid, as a second treatment of COVID-19 after a trial in Britain showed the drug reduced death rates in hospitalised patients.

The ministry included dexamethasone as an option for treatment along with Gilead Sciences Inc's antiviral drug remdesivir in a recent revision to its handbook. The revision was widely reported by Japanese media on Wednesday and was viewed by Reuters.

Shares of Nichi-Iko Pharmaceutical Co, among those that produce the drug, gained as much as 6.5% in early trade.

In results announced last month, a trial by researchers in the United Kingdom showed dexamethasone as the first drug to save lives of COVID-19 patients in what scientists said was a major breakthrough in the coronavirus pandemic.

The full results of the large randomised clinical trial released last Friday in the New England Journal of Medicine confirmed the benefits for people with advanced or moderate disease.

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What happened to Abegan?

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Last news I've read was fast tracking of avigan was halted because of not very promising initial results

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showed the drug reduced death rates in hospitalised patients.

Japan's thirsty to show they have the cure for Covid-19.But the horse has bolted on that,and as for deaths? It's dramatically fallen off worldwide as compared to a couple months ago.Japan's death toll is hardly worth mentioning.The number that has died over five months was a daily occurence for numerous countries as yous all know.New York had zero Covid deaths yesterday.Maybe Trump was right LOL.Ugh!

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A Dr Bartlett in West Texas has been using a commonly used steroid for treating asthma,

to treat COVID 19, with success.

I wonder if this drug/steroid is that same steroid under a different name?

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A comparison of these two similar drugs in trials: Budesonide and Dexamethasone

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Tom Doley: "What happened to Abegan?"

Same thing happens every time they jump in on something unproven yet: silence when it fails. It's up in the attic with the SARS detectors.

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